Sunday, June 11, 2006

Romba Sandosham... 1 Week - Part II

Part II is 1 week late... Apologies for the delay... Been busy with work and the World Cup... Without further ado, let me proceed.

May 27th, Saturday - I had a morning flight at 9 AM. Given my fear of heights and flying, I was quite cool about the whole thing. And as the aircraft took off, the funny feelings returned, but it all went through fine and I had a fun flight. Read "Atlas Shrugged" on the journey, while hoping I had Ayn Rand face to face, so that I could debate some of the issues raised in the novel.

When we reached Bangalore, my little cousin, Nagarajan, came running as soon as we got out of the Exit gate. Mahesh mama had gotten his car(a Suzuki Baleno) and we all got in and drove home, which wasnt very far away. This was also my first glimpse of my other little cousin, Satya, after a long time. She's a real cute kid :) In the whole week, Satya and her pal Sanjili really entertained us :)

Reached home and called up my iflex pals who are in Bangalore. We decided to meet up later in the day, but due to certain time constraints, we could not. The next day, at 6 in the morning, the rest of the family arrived from Madras(Chitti, Chittappa, Mama, Mami, Rajesh, Chintu, Karthik, Kutti Raja). The house was jam-packed and I was lovin' it :)

The next couple of days went in shopping and lazing at home. I bought "The Argumentative Indian". Hope to find time to finish it soon.

On Monday, there was a function that got over soon. In the rest of the days, we went mall hopping, bowling and basically had loads of fun :). We went to the Garuda mall, where I finally convinced my dad to allow me to buy him a shirt and finally got him something he liked at Westside... But then, I saw a Louis Phillippe outlet and wondered if I should take him in there too... He would have none of it and so that plan of mine is on hold at the moment.

A couple of days, we rented cd's of Spiderman2 and a Tamil movie called "Ghajini". Since I rarely get to watch new Tamil movies, it was a real fun experience for me, even though I could not watch it completely. In the nights, we cousins used to sleep in the same room and had great fun telling jokes and playing pranks on each other. Truly memorable...
Wednesday and Thursday were the days for the main function, ie the Nandi and the Poonal of my cousin. I helped out wherever required, which was mostly as a load carrier. Trivia: Shops in Bangalore open only at 10 AM. I wanted to buy a paper and I had to go out 5 times and check if the shop was open or not. Phew.
After the poonal, we went to a nearby Planet M store, where I bought "Bombay Fever" by Taufiq Qureshi.

Thursday was the day the Madras battalion was to leave. Therefore, me and my cousins went off to have burgers. My treat :) Before leaving, my aunt told me once again: "Don't get married without telling us." This statement had been told by her to me almost 4 times in 6 days making it a 66.66% hit ratio... Very unnerving statement, considering Im only 22 with absolutely not even a remote thought about it(which eliminates the motive) and frankly without a bhuti-kaudi to my name(which eliminates the opportunity)

We stayed back one day longer than the Madras battalion. Friday: I visited the iflex office at Baghmane Tech Park in Bangalore. It was pretty close to where I was put up. The architecture is akin to a ship and a lighthouse. It was breathtakingly beautiful. Met up with all the pals after a long time and spent a couple of hours with them. Later in the day, we(Dad, Mom, Nithu and myself) went to our favourite haunt Brigade Road. I have strong memories of this particular place, since Iv been going there since I was a little kid. Always have had fun visiting it. This time too, we went into Cauvery Handicraft stores, which is a superb store for traditional handicrafts. Mom wanted to buy out the store :), but thankfully settled on a few items... We spent almost an hour there. Next stop was the "Music World" store, where Dad bought an L. Ganesh composition on the Piano cassette whilst I bought 2 cd's of Remember Shakti. Wanted to buy a third, but since I already had 2 of the 3 songs on that album, decided against it. Went to the Nilgiris restaurant called "Kurinji", where we had yummy sandwiches and coffee. Walked up a bit, reached Garuda Mall again, and went in and did some window shopping :) Returned home and had a lovely time playing with Satya and Nagarajan.

Next morning, went and exchanged the sherwani my Uncle had bought for me. Planned to meet up with the iflex pals for lunch. Had a flight at 4.20, so met up with Vijay and Minesh and Neha(who arrived a bit later). Had lunch at a small place in Domlur that served food that tasted like home. Had fun and returned home.(Coincidentally, I met up with Vijay outside the Diamond District building where iflex has another office.) Did the final checks and after saying our goodbyes, we left for the airport. It was then, that my grandpa said the words that form the title for this series.

And suddenly, it hit me. When will I see them again? Will I see them again? How old will my little cousins be when I see them next? This being the 1st vacation Iv taken with Mom, Dad and Nithu in almost 5-6 years(due to circumstances I have travelled alone while they have travelled without me in these years), will we get the chance to travel together again soon? At all?

Put aside the emotions that washed over for 30 secs, took one last look at everyone and we were off. Growing up from 17 to 22 is beneficial, since it does help to put things in perspective. I told myself: "What can I do to influence the outcome of the meetings or visits?" Ans: "Nothing. So wash it up and move on."

Our flight back was delayed by 1 hour, with 45 mins being spent circling over Mumbai due to excessive air traffic.

Well, that completed my 1 week trip (actually 8 days...) They were truly some of the most memorable and fun days of my life in the midst of my family, who are the focal point of my life. Everything went off perfectly and well, I fall short of words to say how much it meant to me... I just pray to God that whether I get money or success or anything else in life, I don't care. Just give me my family around me... Always and everytime... Nejama romba sandhoshama irindidh... Life lendh vaira onnum vaindam... Idh porum...


Karthik said...

send me YemPeeThreeZ of bombay fever incase its a CD you got, and which remember shakti albums you got dude??
If you'd told me wud have mailed you them.... i have all the shakti and remember shakti albums till 2004.

How was the quiz? Tried msging you on msgr... Lekin aap shaayad match dekhne mein busy ho Sir :)

Ships said...

hey... wat a wonderful week... u certainly will have n number of such beautiful moments in the years to come.. amen.

Abinav Kumar said...


PRITZ said...

hope u had a great time..hope nahi...infact u surely had a great time i think !

Sandy said...

A very nice narration of a good time u had in Blore.
Cud almost smell the family and Blore life!
You should try a hand at writing a novel :)

O said...

Really nice description